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The essence of the Neapolitan people reveals itself especially in its folklore: A rich legacy of songs, ballads and dances, which are often very difficult to date and could survive until today because they passed a timeless feeling of life. Of course, there were also other cultures that influenced Neapolitan music tradition. The choral component with the participation of all attendees let re-inject melodies, gestures, shouts and colours. And while Pulcinella enforced as a symbolic figure of Naples is the tarantella a representative of the city dance.

The traditional dances

At Carnival at the Dance of the Turks five or six men who are disguised as sultans dance to a drum sounds around the sultana. For the typical dance of Capri, the trescone, four or eight couples dance in a circle and represent great figures.

The Instruments

Besides drums, guitar and mandolin we often found the siscariello, a flute made from wood holunder, the , a wooden instrument and the nacchere (Castanets).

The folk songs

The oldest traditional Neapolitan folk song is the iesce solo (13th Century) The Song of the laundresses of Vomero. The villanelle (16. Jh.), sung in the dialect and with uncomplicated rhythms of simple instruments, often sing of love and beauty of the female. The massicce-songs are based on a simple scheme, which permits many variations.

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